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Viral Infections

  • To Attack H1N1, Other Flu Viruses, Gold Nanorods Deliver Potent Payload
    Future pandemics of seasonal flu, H1N1 and other drug-resistant viruses may be thwarted by a potent, immune-boosting payload that is effectively delivered to cells by gold nanorods, report scientists at the University at Buffalo and the Centers for Disease Control and ...More
    May 24, 2010 Posted in News
  • Immune Evasion Common in Many Viruses, Bacteria and Parasites is Uncommon in M. tuberculosis
    Scientists at NYU Langone Medical Center have discovered that the strategy of "immune evasion" common to many viruses, bacteria and parasites, is uncommon to M. tuberculosis where the antigens remain strikingly unchanged and homogenous. The study published in Nature ...More
    May 24, 2010 Posted in News
  • Study Finds Viruses in Untreated Drinking Water
    Do you know what is in your drinking water? A study by a University of Tennessee, Knoxville, professor may have you thinking twice the next time you fill up that glass of tap water.Larry McKay, an earth and planetary sciences professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, ...More
    May 19, 2010 Posted in News
  • Surprising Infection-Inducing Mechanism Found in Bacteria
    Research appearing in Nature, with the participation of doctors Susana Campoy and Jordi Barbé from the Department of Genetics and Microbiology at UAB, demonstrates that bacteria have a surprising mechanism to transfer virulent genes, causing infections. The research ...More
    May 18, 2010 Posted in News
  • Noroviruses Identified as Common Cause of Travelers' Diarrhea
    Noroviruses, infamous for causing outbreaks of gastroenteritis on cruise ships, may now be recognized as a common cause of travelers' diarrhea in multiple regions of the world as well. Researchers from the U.S. and abroad detail their findings in the May 2010 issue of the ...More
    May 14, 2010 Posted in News
  • Study Finds Rotavirus Vaccine Greatly Reduces Hospitalizations for Acute Gastroenteritis in Children
    Vaccinating infants against rotavirus, a leading cause of severe diarrhea and dehydration among babies and young children, was associated with a dramatic decline in U.S. hospitalization rates for acute gastroenteritis. The findings appear in a study, now available online, ...More
    May 12, 2010 Posted in News
  • Viruses Manipulate Host Cells by Means of Molecular Mimics
    Viruses have evolved a broad range of strategies that enable them to evade the immune systems of their hosts. A team of researchers at the Max von Pettenkofer Institute at LMU Munich led by virologist Jürgen Haas has been studying a novel, recently discovered mechanism ...More
    April 26, 2010 Posted in News
  • Researchers Identify Key Molecular Step to Fending Off Viruses
    UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have determined how a protein that normally latches onto molecules inside cells and marks them for destruction also gives life to the body’s immune response against viruses.The researchers discovered that a certain form of ...More
    April 21, 2010 Posted in News
  • Personalizing Medicine to Prevent Pandemics
    What makes some viral infections fatal and others much less severe is largely a mystery. It is thought that a part of the variability can be attributed to differences in how individuals respond to infection.Professor Michael Katze, presenting at the Society for General ...More
    March 31, 2010 Posted in News
  • Infection Risk Accepted by Most Kidney Transplant Candidates
    Most kidney transplant candidates are willing to receive a kidney from a donor at increased risk of viral infection, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society Nephrology (CJASN). The results suggest that kidney ...More
    March 25, 2010 Posted in News